Rare blobfish, deemed world’s ugliest creature, goes on display at Fukushima aquarium

Kyodo

A blobfish, a deep-sea blob sculpin fish dubbed the world’s ugliest animal, has been put on display at an aquarium in Fukushima Prefecture.

Aquamarine Fukushima in Iwaki said it is rare for blobfish, which are found in the northern Pacific Ocean and off the coasts of Japan and California, to be captured alive and displayed in an aquarium.

The 60-cm blobfish was accidentally trapped in mid-May in a gill net set by a Fukushima fisherman off the coast of Rausu, Hokkaido, at a depth of 750 to 1,200 meters. Its jelly-like, pinkish flesh has lots of flaps that formed when it was pulled up from the deep.

The blobfish was declared the world’s ugliest creature in a voting campaign conducted by the U.K.-based Ugly Animal Preservation Society, according to the aquarium.

The fish on display at the aquarium stays still most of the time at the dark bottom of the tank. But not everyone agreed it was ugly.

“I want it to look this way because it’s cute,” said Iori Kido, 2, who visited the aquarium Tuesday.